Bounty Hunter Pioneer 202
Based on 49 reviews
Avg. Durability: 4.71
Avg. Ease of use: 4.86
Mike Keller from Everett,wa
First time user
Also when I dug up the ring I happened to find an indian arrow head as well, sometimes you just get lucky!!!
Ron from Elgin, il
New at detecting
Bruce Cannon from Florida
Rudy Lopez from Texas
Pioneer 202 great beginner detector
JD from Las cruces, nm
Great Detector for the Price
Pa Hunter from S.W. PA
Rock Solid and Fun...It Works Well.
I'm not completely new to metal detecting, having had a cheap 'toy' detector and
finding some stuff with it years ago. Recently, I had my interest rekindled, so I did
some research here and elsewhere on the net. I set my sites on a 505, because I thought
the No Motion - All Metal mode and Manual Ground Balancing were very important and
useful features. After not being able to find a good deal on a 505, I bought a used 202 on
Ebay for 99.00. Then, you guessed it, I found a deal on the 505. Thats how I wound up with
Well, I can say this....both detectors seem so work equally well as far as discrimination, depth,
and target display, and both are very good at detecting coins.
Depth displays are reasonably accurate, and target ID's CAN be accurate, but often are not.
This is probably normal. Its hard to identify objects that have been burried a long time and in
various conditions, especially odd shaped aluminum or oxidized iron or steel.
One thing is certain....if you get a repeatable target indication...its there!
If the detector is set to discriminate, it will do just that. The discrimination works flawlessly.
I have pulled up many coins..some as deep as 6+ inches....and lots of wheat pennies on just my own small suburban property.
I have only used both on turf basically, and am pleased and impressed with the performance of both units. I think the 202 (now called Quick Draw II), is basically the same detector as the 505 minus
the No Motion-All Metal mode and manual ground balancing. Are these useful features...yes.
Are they necessary.....not to find lots of stuff and have loads of fun. To sum it up, I think this unit
is a real bargain for the price. If you're looking to get into detecting on a budget, you can't go
wrong with this unit. Just study, read, practice, learn and understand how to use it. I would bet
this unit could give way more expensive rigs a run for the money!
Steve from Eastern PA
What stinks is that I really enjoyed using it. Now I don't know if I can trust it anymore. It's becoming unstable. It generates noise with odd oscillations just for no reason. Sometimes it wont stop beeping. I've never been careless with it. I keep it indoors when not in use and haven't dropped it or let it get wet.
I've looked at the official web site to find a solution. Their directory doesn't have a trouble shooting section. They also make it clear that if you are not the original owner you won't qualify for the five year warrenty. So you'll have to go to someone else. Plus they don't have the Pioneer 202 listed as one of their products.
I don't understand why you would have to send your Bounty Hunter to someone else after five years. You would hope that maybe First Texas Manufacturing Company would have upgrades for any flaws or malfunctions that've been discovered from field use. They probably do. But why do we have to go to someone else?
I've called the subshop shop in Gilmer, Texas and they say that this brand is going to have trouble on a regular basis. It's low quality and high maintenance. The repair man said that they normally have trouble with the coils and the internal wiring usually around the battery compartment. Great! Now I stuck with a $200.00 piece of junk. I was hoping to give this one to my kids.
Eddie from Phoenix, AZ USA
Best detector for your money!
I'm going to take it to a few parks around my area. The pioneer 202 is my best friend. Its waterproof up to the control box...you can use different setting to eliminate, trash items like pop tops, cans, nails. But keep the good stuff like gold rings..silver, coins.
I read many reviews and the pioneer 202 will out perform the expensive models! The indicator is easy to read, tells you what's in the ground before you dig it up.
If you consider to invest in this product, do it! Its pretty good exercise, great for the family or friends. Plus the good thing about a metal detector..you never know what your going to find. Most of the time..you get my point. Just have fun. I love the composite trowel they gave me, and the pouch to carry the finds. It also includes a quick start video.
Shawn from Texas
A great starter unit that delivers
I read the manual cover to cover a few times to learn how to properly use this unit, and to avoid the many frustrations encountered by other users. I set the unit up on top of my countertop and proceeded to test it just like the manual suggests in order to familiarize myself with its operation.
The Sensitivity knob controls the search depth. This unit will find items deeper then 10” when the Sensitivity knob is set to max. Using headphones I have not heard the unit sound unstable or generate noise or oscillations. When you initially turn ON the unit it defaults to the ALL METAL mode (two beeps) without any filters enabled. This mode will detect all types of metals trash or treasure.
To find coins and valuables the best setting is NOTCH (three beeps when pressed). Notch enables a filter to suppress iron and nothing else if the DISCRIMINATION knob is set all the way counter clockwise. To further suppress trash such as pull-tabs, wave one in front of the search coil while turning the DISCRIMINATION knob clockwise until the pull tap is no longer detected. I find that setting the DISCRIMINATION knob to the 1'oclock position works great for ignoring most trash items while focusing on finding all coins. Remember that the DISCRIMINATION knob is a variable suppression filter so less is better at finding more items.
On my first test run at the corner church playground I found 3 dimes, 2 nickels, and 5 pennies within 45 minutes. The depth indicator is extremely accurate once I realized how it actually works. The book makes no mention of how to properly interpret the depth gauge. If a coin is shown, as being 6" deep you must account for the distance of the search coil above the surface of the soil; so if your coil is 2" above the surface of the soil, you must dig 4” to reach your treasure.
This unit does a fine job at pinpointing if you follow the procedures shown in the manual. The center of the search coil is the bull's eye area. To pinpoint the item move the search coil left to right slowly swinging less and less until you find the center point of the target. Now move 90 degrees to that target area and repeat the process until you locate the center again. Now dig that area to the depth shown minus the distance of the search coil from the ground to locate your treasure.
I'm pretty happy with this unit and the price I got it for. It has exceeded my expectations without blowing my budget. This unit delivers in performance, accuracy, and repeatability if you take the time to follow the directions and familiarize yourself with the operation of product to avoid frustrations. Cool!
Omar from Tampa, FL